Big-time Cooking at Dam Sen Park

Dam Sen Park in Ho Chi Minh City will make one gigantic banh chung (square glutinous-rice cake), one huge banh day (round sticky-rice cake) and two oversized cha lua (pork sausage) for the anniversary of King Hung’s death later this month.

The gigantic banh chung which will measure 1.8 x 1.8 x 0.7 meters and weighs two tons will be boiled for three days.

They do this sort of thing every year but this time is special as the tenth day of the third lunar month has just been declared a public holiday in Viet Nam from now on.

To make the Vietnamese specialties will require 1,000 kilograms of flour, 200 kilos of green peas, 10 kilos of pork, 350 kilos of banana leaves and 20 kilos of dong leaves.

The banh chung, which will measure 1.8 x 1.8 x 0.7 meters and weigh two tons, will be boiled for 72 hours from April 22 to 25.

It will be accompanied by the one-ton banh day measuring 0.7 meters in height and 1.8 meters across, and the two cha lua each measuring one meter long and 25 centimeters across and weighing 30 kilos.

After a few hours of public display, the food will be cut up and shared among the park’s many visitors.

There will also be a performance of the classic cai luong play Banh chung banh day by Thanh Tong, Kim Tu Long, Que Tran, Ngan Tuan and other seasoned exponents of the southern genre.

Source VNE – Translated by Kim Khanh

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